Guwahati: The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) of Bangkok in Thailand is keen to provide internship for North-Easterners on drone mechanisms in mapping for disaster preparedness.
“We are keen to collaborate with the government as well as the institutes of North-eastern region for accepting interns who could work on drone mechanism in mapping the disaster zones,” said Dr. Manzul Kumar Hazarika, Director of Geo Informatics Centre (GIC), Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.
Hazarika was delivering the 71st Foundation Day Lecture of Gauhati University on ‘Innovative Technologies for Disaster Management’. He gave a detailed slide presentation on risk management and disaster preparedness and explained how AIT had been working on innovative technology for countering disasters emanating from flood, tsunami, earthquake, etc. He also spoke on the roles of GIC in predicting earthquakes as well as the role of intelligence drones for mapping disaster zones. He graphically explained high and low risk zones and stated how risk can be minimized with the aid of technology.
While inaugurating the lecture, Dr. Mihir Kumar Chaudhuri, Former Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University and the present Adviser of Education department, Assam government said, “Higher education students should apply for such internship and Gauhati University in this context can play an active role”.
The programme was held at 11 am in Phanidhar Datta Seminar Hall of university premises. Over the past 15 years, Hazarika has extensively worked in disaster management issues in more than 20 developing countries from Asia-Pacific as well as Caribbean region.
Gauhati University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mridul Hazarika, who presided over the programme said, “Gauhati University is fortunate enough for not facing any disaster in the last couple of years, but it must always be alert and prepared for any kind of risk in future. In this context, a lecture on such topic is beneficial for everyone”.
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